Amongst the tourist friendly London streets of Bayswater, positioned on the busy Westbourne Grove is Banana Tree, an Indo Chinese restaurant serving warm, hearty and soulful food. I love trying out different cooking styles and had heard a lot about this restaurant so was keen to try what it had to offer.
The home of fantastic food, drinks and fun from the Indochina region.
Award winning restaurant, serving great Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Singaporean dishes.
Come and enjoy our customers’ favourite Pan Asian dishes with inspiring Oriental cocktails
Virgin Princess of Ragoon (Mocktail)
Prawn Crackers basket with chilli sauce
Banana Tree Spiced Noodles
Blackened Chilli Beef
Chicken Thai Wings
Yes the Bayswater venue is Halal and this is certified on the Website, I am not sure if the other venues (Soho) are but it’s advisable to double check yourselves beforehand.
Firstly we ordered our drinks, we all decided to go for the ‘Virgin Princess of Ragoon’- this was a mocktail made of Lychee Juice, Guava Juice and Grenadine. It was a yellow, creamy colour and although it was quite thick in consistency it was quite light in flavour and very refreshing. I love guava and lychee so this was right up my street.
For starters we ordered the Prawn Crackers basket with chilli sauce- this is a staple in most indo-Chinese restaurants. The crackers were fresh and crispy and the chilli sauce was the perfect accompaniment. This was followed by the Thai Fishcakes- these consisted of fresh fish, were soft and well seasoned and nice and light, I think they no longer do this option and now have a different version, however it comes with pork.
We had opted for Chicken Thai wings as starters also, for those who like chicken, who doesn’t love sticky wings, boy were these sticky! They were in a tamarind, garlic and chilli marinade and it’s the first time I had tamarind on wings and they tasted amazing. I love tamarind so it was a nice sticky texture.
For mains one of my fellow diners chose the Gaeng Keo Wan (a green Thai curry)- This came in a small saucepan and she chose the chicken option with lime, basil, peppers and bamboo shoots. She also chjose a white rice to accompany it and said she enjoyed it, the dish has a strong lime flavour which she enjoyed, so if you like citrus base flavours you would enjoy this.
I chose the Blackened Chilli Beef- steak pieces in soy, palm sugar and chilli and garlic sauce, it came with brown rice and salad. It was really tough to cook the steak, even with the steak knife, I enjoy streak and found it a little overcooked, had the dish been cooked for a little less time I think I would have enjoyed it more. The final mains was the signature Banana Tree spiced noodles, these included prawn and chicken and had a spiced paste, the were accompanied by corn cakes and there was a very generous partition. The taste was spicy but not too chilli and the noodles were cooked to perfection.
The bench style layout and informal setup is ideal for young people, couples and family alike. The food is cooked within view which adds a nice vibe and the staffs have good product knowledge and are very friendly.
If I was in the area again I would possibly dine here again, I say possibly simply because Bayswater has a large selection of good restaurants, and If I fancied this cuisine again, I wouldn’t rule the Banana Tree out. The food is well cooked, prepared and seasoned well and is all fresh. The choice from difference Indo cuisines and the range from soups to more heartier dishes is the main appeal. It has a relaxed and informal atmosphere and is a nice place to come with friends.
We paid £16 each
http://www.bananatree.co.uk/ for more details and menu. You can walk in or book beforehand.
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